Gearing up for Spring Training? Remember to Protect those Teeth!

 

oral health houston tx | Royal DentalSpring training is a fun time for parents and kids of all ages. Whether you are the participant, or you are cheering your child on from the sidelines, it is important to know that playing sports comes with certain risks. Of course, you have obtained the appropriate gear to minimize the chance of an injury. But what about tooth enamel? How could playing sports pose a risk of cavities? We’re about to find out.

What does just about every kid ask for during half-time or any other break from a game? Their favorite sports drink, of course! Sports drinks have become popular because they are supposed to supply the athlete with much-needed hydration during times of intense physical activity. The problem is, these beverages deliver much more than the needed electrolytes and carbohydrates. They also have high amounts of sugar, but that’s not the worst of it. It is the high acidity of sports drinks that makes them particularly dangerous to tooth enamel.

Double-Down

Drinking sports drinks to recoup during physical activity could be doubly harmful to your teeth, according to studies. Not only are these drinks made with ingredients that are acidic and sugary, but the mouth is in a more vulnerable state when we are physically active. Saliva slows down, and this means there is less fluid to dilute the sugars and acids in sports drinks (the drink itself doesn’t count, sorry). Without dilution, bacteria in the mouth have fuel in sugars. When bacteria consume sugar residue, these organisms excrete acidic byproduct. This is a vicious cycle that we would be better off avoiding.

Can you Pick and Choose?

Sports drinks are better than soda. This is a common misconception. There is no picking and choosing between these two, nor between energy drinks and soda, or energy drinks and sports drinks. The bottom line is, even if you find one of these beverages in a sugar-free formula, the acid content will still be somewhere around 2.4 to 4.5 regarding pH. The lower on the scale a beverage is, the stronger its acidity. On that note, water has a pH of 7, which is neutral – which is good.

There may be a few ways to reduce risks associated with unhealthy beverages, such as sipping through a straw. However, the best choice is to choose water every time.

Royal Dental offers general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to help you maintain your smile. Call one of our convenient office locations today.

 

 

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